Gluten-Free Guide to South Lamar (and 78704), Westlake Hills, Bee Caves, Lakeway, South Austin (Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide Part 2)

Welcome to the second installment of my contribution to the Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide. To view my first post on Gluten-Free Breakfast and Brunch Spots near downtown Austin, click here. Make sure and check out the other Guide posts (will be live March 2) – it’s a great way to see what your favorite bloggers recommend around Austin.

Speaking of AFBA – pre-order the cookbook now!

For my readers that are not from Austin, thank you for your patience. We will resume regular posting after the guide is completed (2 more posts to go!)

NOTE: Our app’s website lists helpful tips for the restaurants I mentioned, but if you would like specific recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact us. I was trying to save some space on this blog post and include more options! 

For those looking to find other gluten-free restaurant options near them – we now have a mobile app for free download. Seriously! Use our app, called Locate Special Diet to help you navigate the gluten-free scene while you are visiting Austin! (available on iPhoneAndroid, and our website). Built for the gluten-free people, by local gluten-free people. What more could you ask for?

Here are some sample screenshots!

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian)

Rich and creamy, this butternut squash soup recipe is a keeper.

I know, I know… another crock pot or slow cooker recipe. I can’t help it. I think I might be addicted. There’s no excuses here… you just chop it up and throw it all together in the pot. It’s that simple. It’s also nice that you can come home to a house smelling delicious, from your dinner cooking all day.

I used a kitchen scale to measure the amount of squash I had. Feel free to improvise.

What’s new with us? Just working away on all of the new features we are adding soon to Locate Special Diet. We are about to expand the mobile app to include ALL 50 states! Super exciting! If you haven’t downloaded it yet, it’s free and available on iPhone and Android ~ Locate Special Diet Mobile Apps

Coming soon to the blog in the next two weeks – The Annual Gluten-Free City Guide! I’m also putting together a Vegetarian City Guide and a Paleo City Guide for Austin. If you do not live in Austin, apologies … regular posting will resume after those posts have been completed! They are in association with the wonderful organization – the Austin Food Blogger Alliance. Speaking of the AFBA, I’ve had the privilege to contribute to the first-ever Austin Food Blogger Alliance Community Cookbook! My gluten-free olive oil pancakes and grilled lime-paprika broccoli will be making an appearance. If you would like to pre-order the cookbook, you may do so by visiting this link: Pre-Order. The cookbook makes a great gift!

Butternut Squash Soup

(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian)

Equipment: I used a 5 quart slow cooker

Ingredients:

  • ~2.75 lb. of butternut squash (cubed). I used about 2 lb. and ~12.5 ounces.
  • 1 large white onion, rough chop
  • 3 cloves garlic, throw in whole
  • 1 can coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 bunch leeks (approximately 3), white parts sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • Optional garnish: Italian parsley

Directions:

Peel the butternut squash and scoop out the seeds (save for roasting later). Slice the butternut squash into medium size cubes. There is no need for this to be perfect, as you will blend this all in the end. Leeks are dirty so make sure and wash them! Slice the white parts of the leeks and place in a bowl of water. Swish the leeks around to remove dirt and drain the water. Rough chop the onion. In your slow cooker, place all of the above ingredients and mix to combine some. Cook on high for 4 hours. Depending on the strength of your slow cooker and size, you might have to cook longer or shorter. Stir every once in a while. Once the butternut squash is fork-tender, use an immersion blender to blend ingredients until smooth. Depending on the amount of butternut squash you use, you might need less water or more water. I prefer my soup slightly thicker, so I used more squash and less water. It’s hard to mess this one up :)

Prefer to cook this on the stove top instead? Sure, it’s possible. Use a large soup pot or dutch oven and use the same amount of ingredients. You will need less cooking time for this preparation.

Enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Dinner Options in Austin, 2012

 

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Another year and another post for the awesome Austin Food Blogger Alliance Annual City Guide. I’ve participated in the city guide for the past two years for SXSW (2011, 2010), but this year we are trying to give Austinites (and friends) a more detailed approach to the guide. Make sure and check out the full guide, which will be posted in it’s entirety March 1st on the main AFBA website. You will be able to check out over 75 detailed posts from local food bloggers who know their city!

There will be three gluten-free posts in this year’s guide. I am writing about local places to grab a yummy gluten-free dinner, and two other bloggers will be writing about local gluten-free breakfast and lunch spots, so make sure and check out the guide [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Guide to Austin, SXSW 2011 Edition

NEW! We now have a MOBILE APP called Locate Special Diet. Download it for FREE in iTunes and Google Play! Find gluten-free or vegetarian or organic options near you (in over 40 U.S. cities)!

Welcome to the second annual gluten-free guide to Austin, SXSW 2011 edition. This post is part of a series called Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide 2011. Make sure and check out all the other posts associated with this series. I hope you enjoy your time in Austin. Austin is one of the best cities to dine gluten-free. If you have any questions, feel free to tweet me (@ATXglutenfree) or email me (atxglutenfree@gmail.com).

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